Insane in the Ukraine: Is This the End of President Donald J. Trump?

President Donald J. Trump is a creature of habits. Flatter him, he’ll flatter you back. Criticize him, he’ll call you fake news and tune you out. His every interaction is transactional. What’s in it for him?

The Greeks might have said Trump suffers from excessive hubris. Nowadays, dozens of psychiatrists have publicly declared the president of the United States to be a malignant narcissist.

At any rate, the leader of the so-called free world, Trump, spends the greater portion of his day conversing with his acolytes on FOX News—Sean Hannity in particular—and tweeting political insults and debunked conspiracy theories to his 65 million Twitter followers.

The White House calls this “executive time,” and it’s obviously Trump’s comfort zone. He bathes in the adulation and confirmation and returns the favor by continuing to appear on FOX News and right-wing talk-radio programs. He’s addicted to Twitter, where his countless bizarre tweets and retweets are amplified by friend and foe alike.

But unbeknownst to Trump, perhaps because he’s far from the stable genius he claims to be, he’s been sucked into a fake news feedback loop that threatens to end his presidency prematurely.

That’s what the whistle blower complaint detailing the events surrounding Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25 is all about, and if you haven’t read the nine-page complaint yet, you should do so here.

As the incomplete transcript of the call released by the White House confirmed, Trump literally made Zelensky an offer he couldn’t refuse: Investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump’s main rivals in the 2020 presidential election, and his son Hunter for alleged corruption in the Ukraine, and Trump would provide Ukraine anti-tank missiles to fight pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas.

You may read the five-page partial transcript of the 30-minute call here.

Map of Ukraine courtesy of euromaidanpress.com

The alleged corruption concerned Hunter Biden’s position on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company. He signed on in 2014, shortly after the Maidan revolution deposed Ukraine’s democratically elected pro-Russian president and replaced him with an anti-Russian president hand-picked by the United States in what some observers, including myself, have called a right-wing coup.

The United States intends to make Ukraine a full-fledged member of NATO and station nuclear-armed missiles on Russia’s borders. That’s why Russia immediately took back possession of the Crimea after Maidan, and that’s why Ukraine is still fighting pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas on Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia.

Hunter Biden’s appointment to the Burisma board represented a flagrant conflict of interest, and given his father was the Obama administration’s point-man for fighting corruption in the post-Maidan Ukraine, it was highly controversial at the time.

But according to The Intercept’s James Risen, who covered the story for the Washington Post in real time, the Ukrainian chief prosecutor fired at the urging of Biden was roundly considered corrupt by the U.S. and EU governments and was in part dismissed because he refused to prosecute Burisma.

In other words, Vice President Biden’s threat to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine unless it fired its corrupt chief prosecutor and replaced him with someone who would investigate rampant corruption could have potentially been harmful to Burisma and board member Hunter Biden, not helpful. That’s evidence nepotism didn’t affect Biden’s decision, at least in this case.

Nevertheless, Trump has become convinced there’s dirt to be had on the Bidens in Ukraine, and the whistleblower’s complaint plainly shows where he got the idea from: former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whom Trump dispatched to Ukraine last year to investigate the Bidens.

If you’ve seen America’s Mayor on cable news lately, you understand just how bat-shit crazy it is to send someone like Rudy looking for answers in one of the most corrupt and unstable countries on the planet. Ukraine has become a revolving door for indicted oligarchs, bought-off politicians and corrupt prosecutors, who come and go with each regime change.

Sure enough, Rudy found dirt on the Bidens—from the same corrupt chief prosecutor fired at the urging of Joe Biden in 2016, as well as from the chief prosecutor who lost his job after Zelensky was elected president earlier this year. Both men have since backed off their claims that the Bidens were involved in any wrongdoing under scrutiny.

One of many internet memes depicting Rudy Giuliani as the mythical Bat Boy.

But that hasn’t stopped Trump’s right-wing media bubble from churning and regurgitating the fake news that the Bidens were involved in corruption, Hillary Clinton colluded with the Ukrainians in the 2016 presidential election, and the hacked DNC server is somewhere in Ukraine.

As insane as much of that sounds, that’s what Trump believes too, according to his Ukrainian shake-down call.

In addition to Rudy’s efforts on FOX News and other outlets, the whistleblower points out that The Hill’s John Solomon was instrumental in spreading misinformation obtained from the same tainted Ukrainian sources as Giuliani. Solomon is a frequent guest on Hannity’s TV and radio programs, and dubiously claimed his investigation was entirely independent of Giuliani’s last week on Glenn Beck. The debunked stories are still up on The Hill, a Washington, D.C.-based political website.

If it concerns you that Sean Hannity is an unofficial Trump advisor who talks to the president almost every night on the phone and that Rudy Giuliani is on the loose, your worries may soon be over.

Trump’s attempt to shake down a tenuous U.S. ally, offering to trade much-needed weapons in exchange for an investigation into a political rival, doesn’t sit well with the real Deep State, the bipartisan congressional/military/intelligence/industrial complex that determines our foreign policy.

Coming so soon after House Democrats declined to impeach Trump on the numerous allegations of obstruction of justice in the Mueller report, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had no choice but to start a formal impeachment inquiry. Trump might as well have dared her.

If no one stops him from committing high crimes and misdemeanors, he’ll keep right on committing them. He’s proved that.

It’s a shame there’s no 4D chess informing Trump’s recent actions in Ukraine, no stable-minded genius. He was right to question our continued investment in NATO and our belligerent posture toward Russia and President Vladimir Putin on the campaign trail four years ago. But muscling Zelensky for his own self-interest doesn’t demonstrate brilliance. It’s blind hubris from a man who cheats to win if he must, even when he’s playing golf with himself.

It’s also a blatantly impeachable offense, but Trump has been sucked into a fake news vortex in which he and his sycophants believe he can do nothing wrong. As I write this, Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been drawn into the investigation and more of Trump’s minions are sure to follow. They’re about to find out we’re still a nation of laws and Constitutional checks and balances.

Pretty soon, questions are going to be asked, and they will be answered, despite Trump administration stonewalling. Why did Trump delay hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine shortly before he called Zelensky? Why was the record of the call stored on a top-secret server reserved for covert actions? Why are Trump’s conversations with other world leaders, including Putin and the journalist-dismembering Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Bin Salman, stored on the same secret server?

Inquiring minds want to know, and they will find out. Why did Pompeo deny listening in on Trump’s Ukraine call? Why was our Ukrainian ambassador recalled from her post early? Why have Giuliani and Barr, at the behest of Trump, been galivanting about Europe like a couple of geezers trying to check James Bond fantasies off their bucket lists?

All this and more is going to come out in the inquiry and Trump is well on his way to being impeached by the House. It’s more than a little ironic that the president, who’s made “fake news” his mantra during his short stint in politics, is being taken down by fake news he himself helped create.

It was also inevitable, given Trump’s excessive pride, his malignant narcissism. He’s incapable of taking advice from anyone who disagrees with him. It’s not a desirable characteristic in a commander-in-chief, and whether Trump can survive conviction and removal from office by the Republican-controlled Senate depends entirely on how much of the president’s madness is revealed during the House inquiry.

Which one is the real Mitch McConnell?

My guess is we’re heading for an “Et tu, Mitch?” moment. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already indicated there will be a Senate trial if Trump is impeached. If the real Deep State gives a thumbs-down on Trump’s impeachment performance, or if it looks like the Republicans might lose the Senate in 2020, he’ll turn on the president like the angry snapping turtle he is.

Trump is doomed, but for many Americans, their long national nightmare will be over. I wouldn’t worry too much about the folks in Hannityville, the cult-like MAGA crowd that supports everything Trump says and does, no matter how repulsive or illegal. There isn’t going to be a civil war if Trump gets removed from office.

Sooner or later, most of Trump’s supporters will come around, even FOX News will be unable to ignore the obvious. The president is unfit for office. It’s entirely possible the few remaining diehards who continue to believe in the fake news broadcast by Rush Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck won’t even notice the president has been removed.

Needless to say, this is going to get extremely ugly, and I blame President Donald J. Trump for putting us through it. I voted for Trump, but quickly realized he was off kilter soon after he took office. I don’t suffer from Trump derangement syndrome; I suffer from Trump fatigue. I’m tired of his nonsense. I’d rather he be defeated in the next election than see America dragged through the impeachment process, and I told him so recently, on Twitter.

“How could you be so dumb?” I asked.

He hasn’t replied.

R.V. Scheide
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105 Responses

  1. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    Impeachment could be the worst thing that happens to the Democrats. They still haven’t figured out who their, out of over a dozen, candidate will be. If Trump is impeached then the Dems will be facing President Pence who while being a loyal Trump lapdog has not shown to be as volatile as Trump. Pence will keep the far right Trump supporters but will also keep those who have, as RV noted, realized that Trump needs to go.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Bruce there’s always a chance the Democrats will blow this, but I don’t think so this time. And they have already narrowed the candidates down to Biden, Warren or Sanders. As the depth of Trump’s criminality is revealed, Republicans will be hard-pressed to keep their Senate majority. Impeachment had to happen, there was no other choice.

      • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

        RV, the reason Trump won in 2016 was not because you voted for him, I didn’t so we canceled each other out, not because millions of evangelists voted for him, not because of the Electoral College. Trump won because the Democrats were so self confident that they didn’t bother to vote. Will they show up in 2020? Or are they so sure of impeachment that they won’t bother to vote.
        And at this writing Sanders, due to health reasons, has canceled his future events. He may not be able to continue and that would leave Biden and Warren.

        • Avatar Doug Cook says:

          Bruce, you nailed it. One of the reasons Obama won was the turnout of young voters. Do you think these voters will be excited for an old white man and woman in their 80’s? …there is no one hated as much by the young progressives than old white men. As long as the Democrats ignore the middle class, “…You don’t belong in our America!”and pander to identity politics. Those who are willing to learn from history, however, will reflect on the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton wasn’t nearly as opposed to the Midwest’s way of life as this group of 2020 Democratic hopefuls. But she ignored that voting bloc all the same, regarding them as insignificant.

          • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

            Doug,

            Young people turned out in droves for Bernie Sander’s rallies. Obviously his message was more important to them than his age or race.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            Patrecia, because young people are now naively embracing Socialism. THAT won’t win a general election. Sanders polling numbers are dropping rapidly. What do you make of that?

          • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

            Doug,

            Millions of Americans are no longer buying that tired old right-wing buzzword “Socialism”. They’re ready to see their taxes go toward providing the average citizen with the quality of life and basic necessities that people in every other developed country enjoy. All it takes is rearranging the country’s priorities.

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          The Democrats lost in 2016 because they ran one of the worst candidates of all time, Hillary Clinton, the warmongering neoliberalcon, who didn’t even bother to campaign in the key swing states Trump won. Even so, she won the popular vote by 3 million votes, and those key swing states are suffering economically under Trump. It’s 100 percent certain Trump will be impeached, and if he’s not thrown out of office, he’ll be voted out.

          Biden in my opinion should have never ran, in part because I thought his son getting that Burisma board seat a disgusting conflict of interest, and also because he’s a warmongering neoliberalcon too. No more Clintonistas. Any of the Democrats currently standing can easily beat Trump. Bernie will be fine, it’s just a couple of stints.

          And if Trump is removed from office? Say hello to candidate Pence! LOL. This is going to be fun.

  2. Avatar George Parker says:

    “As I write this, Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been drawn into the investigation and more of Trump’s minions are sure to follow. They’re about to find out we’re still a nation of laws and Constitutional checks and balances.”

    Is that what they’re about to find out? I think you’re optimism is charming. I’m afraid the rest of us are going to learn something very different. Nothing about rTump leaves me optimistic at all. Enough of the public was gullible enough to believe his shtick that he managed to get elected President. Even with all of the shouting, I haven’t seen anything to convince me that The Public has learned.

    • Avatar common sense says:

      Pompeo, will be sacrificed today. The pres needs a fall guy and still has a use for Barr to Spin the Conspiracy theories.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      George, the public is already turning and a majority supports impeachment. Their numbers will grow as more crimes are revealed.

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      Mr Parker, You don’t impeach a president because you don’t like him. Just think of the precedent that would set for the future. The Democrats have been trying to impeach President Trump since January 21 2017. The best thing Democrats can do is find a candidate that can beat Trump…but so far, in 2 presidential elections, they have failed.
      Trump’s character flaws and misbehavior are already so well known that the impeachment proceedings will most likely blow back and cause more harm to Democratic politicians than Republicans. We know the Senate won’t convict…matter of fact, impeachment trial in the Senate will open the door for the GOP to bring out the misbehavior of Comey, McCabe and others in the deep state that in essence, started a coup attempt.
      But impeachment has its own narrative logic: once the Democrats initiate it, they either win or lose. If they lose, they will be seen as losers who wasted public resources for a futile goal.

  3. Avatar Common Sense says:

    Nice to have you guys onboard! I must admit….I have had a very unfair advantage in information on this topic since day one. You probably thought a couple years ago the comments about Treason, the wheels coming off the train etc etc were from a maddened fool. The continuous barrage of here of what we can
    Expect next etc.

    We have a Compromised President. We have a bag full of crimes committed. We have acts of Treason, Obstruction of Justice and we have the most Corrupt Administration in the History of the United States of America currently in power.

    We are either a Country of Laws and Rules and following a Constitution or we are not…..we will find out here in the next 3-6 months which one it is.

    It’s not about Hillary….It’s not about Biden……Its not about the emails……It’s about an Agent that is willingly or unwillingly working against America’s Best Interest!

    You are seeing the new Battlefield. It’s a war of Disinformation/Alternative Facts and it’s a Digital Game now. And so far….Russia has won this Battle to date in the Cyber Warfare/ Propaganda arena.

    But we have some Patriots left…..Thank GOD for that……they will be testifying……they will be Whistle blowing…..Why? Because they are Doing the RIGHT Thing…….

    I could have never figured this out on my own two years ago……thank goodness for great friends and great intel!

    It will be a bumpy road no doubt the next year. With our Democracy and Rule of Law at Stake….it’s a battle worth fighting for.

    Nice to have everyone one board now with some Common Sense and Critical thinking Skills Activated!

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      I think you’re right Common. The tide is turning.

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      CS sez, “…I have had a very unfair advantage in information on this topic since day one.” What’s your advantage? You watch MSNBC and Rachel Maddow every day?

      • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

        I’m presuming is advantage is the same as mine: the internet. The truth is out there.

      • Avatar Common Sense says:

        Lol….Rachel is good yes. My Best friend is retired. One of those 1% of the 1% guys. Pretty sharp cat. Every see the movie Men in Black? I am just a guy on the street with a little common sense and some critical thinking skills….

  4. Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

    Whether the country is able to rid itself of this filth depends entirely on how determined decent people are to act. As we speak the millions of right-wing “evangelicals” who put Trump over the top are being whipped into a frenzy by their church leaders to storm the polls, and others among his hard-core base who know Trump is their only hope of returning the country to its ugly white male supremacist past will be voting in droves.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      We need the House to impeach Trump and the Senate to convict and remove him from office and we need decent people to go the polls, starting Nov. 5 by voting for Elizabeth Betancourt for 1st District Assembly.

      • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

        Yes – Elizabeth Betancourt, definitely. It’s doubtful that Trump will be removed from office before the election, since the impeachment trial Republican lawmakers will hold is going to be a sham.

        • Avatar Doug Cook says:

          I believe you are reading too much in Betancourt’s victory. Remember, the GOP vote was split among 4 candidates. Betencourt was the only Democrat candidate. When it comes to the upcoming election between one GOP and one Democrat candidate. Betencourt has no chance.

          • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

            I’m afraid that may be true – especially with Bethel mega-church openly endorsing the God-in-government Dahle’s.

          • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

            Vote for the candidate with a brain. There’s only one. I’m not reading too much into it, I know what Elizabeth is up against: Bethel and the evangelical vote. It’s time to have a Assemblywoman with brains.

      • Avatar Candace C says:

        R.V. Picking up my Vote Betancourt yard signs today for myself and a couple of neighbors. I hope they stay intact! I lamented to my neighbor across the street who’s getting one of the signs that the signs (and/or our lawns) might be vandalized and his response was “Well then we’ll just be vandalized together, bring me the sign.” It’s too bad we even have to worry about something like that but I have to say I admire his attitude!

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          So far, I haven’t seen to many Megan Dahle signs, and there hasn’t been a barrage of mail fliers either. Vote for the candidate with brains, there’s only one, Elizabeth Betancourt.

  5. Avatar don says:

    I have been trying to keep up with and figure out everything that is happening. Your article has done a great job of doing that. Thanks for the help. If you happen to have TV on the follow up article is writing itself as we speak.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      I agree Don the Ukraine scandal is a mess of similar-sounding Ukrainian names in which it’s very difficult to separate the good guys from the bad guys. That’s why Rudy got fooled, and it just might be the mistake that takes down the president.

  6. Avatar Matthew Grigsby says:

    This really does feel like something has shifted in the political landscape. I’ve had so many false hopes over the past three years that I’m reluctant to have any hope this will ever end. However, something is different this time.
    The thing that fills me with the most dread, and the most fear, is what *else* is on that secret server? What stuff did Trump say or do that even he knows he shouldn’t have done? If he thinks this is all fine, what does he think is a bad idea? It must be pretty awful if this is what he’s willing to show us. And why anyone in his circle is willing to show him any loyalty is beyond me. He has turned on everyone, EVERYONE, who ever served him.

    Also…imagine being this broken inside for your entire life. There’s no fight too petty, no slight too small and no insult too minor that he won’t come out with his arms swinging like windmills. The day he leaves, whether it’s by resignation (he won’t) or by being dragged out by his ankles, we all deserve a national day of drinking.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      This time is definitely different, Matt. Team Trump made a fatal error: It started believing in its own bullshit. The whole thing is so ham-fisted, it would be comical, if it wasn’t so serious. I was just watching Nancy Pelosi this morning, and she’s really stressing the national security aspect of their investigation. That’s why I included some details about what’s happening in Ukraine in this story. I don’t agree with our foreign policy in Ukraine, we’re actually using the conflict as testing ground for a future war with Russia. The real Deep State is not going to take kindly to Trump’s off-the-books shakedown diplomacy.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        R.V. says: “The whole thing is so ham-fisted, it would be comical, if it wasn’t so serious.”

        I was just thinking along these lines this morning. Trump clearly meant to trade aid for dirt on the Bidens. What might save him is that he’s so inept—so cloddish in his negotiation approach and so narcissistically convinced that he’s incapable of getting caught in a f*** up—that it’s possible to argue that he doesn’t have a goddamned clue what he’s doing and is incapable of planning a serious crime of any kind. Everything he does makes it seem like his bumblef*** meter is turned to 11, like the amps in “This is Spinal Tap.”

        That said, I recall an old SNL skit where Reagan was a good-natured bumbling fool until he was alone, when he suddenly became an evil genius master orchestrator.

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          Steve, Mueller actually excused much of Trump’s obstruction because he believed Trump the political neophyte might have just been over-reacting and not actually obstructing. He left that determination to the House. Nancy should have impeached him on the obstruction charges. Because she didn’t, she gave Trump the green light to keep obstructing. Trump doesn’t have that card to play this time. That’s another reason why he will definitely be impeached.

    • Avatar Candace C says:

      Matt, or a National day of not drinking…

      • Avatar Linda Cooper says:

        Candace C – I was going to post that I would hold a tea party, after your mention of a day of not drinking. Next I recognized the significance of that. Anyway, beer and tea for all at my house. Uh, just interjecting some humor here? Corny, yet I’m hoping for the best of our country. It is a land I love.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      I have a friend who is already considering shopping for champagne. I don’t have the heart to tell her that she should probably temper her expectations.

    • Avatar Gary Tull says:

      Hey Matt,
      As well, we are finally feeling (with fingers crossed) that these last nine days may finally mark the beginning of the end.

      His background and behavior spoke clear enough from the start. The country didn’t need a reckless and corrupt con-man to become POTUS. Yet, that’s exactly what we got.

      Right off the bat he grossly exaggerated the numbers of attendees at his inauguration — another warning.

      Unfortunately, things embarrassingly continued to get a lot worse. I never quite understood why so many climbed aboard the “Trump Train” in the first place. Were they simply not paying attention? As Kamala Harris recently said, “You should listen to those who tell you who they are the first time.”

      At the end, I agree with you. A national day of drinking should (appropriately) be declared.
      At our place, Bombay & tonic shall be served for all.

      • Avatar Doug Cook says:

        “…Right off the bat he grossly exaggerated the numbers of attendees at his inauguration”

        Yep…that’s an impeachable charge all right.

        Why did people climb on the Trump train? Because they were tired of the previous 8 years and wanted someone different. The other reason is that you all chose the worst and most corrupt candidate in our countries history. You should stock up on Bombay (Me? I’m a Tanqueray man myself) because I think you will be greatly disappointed in 2020 when Trump wins 47 states over Sen Warren.

        • Avatar Gary Tull says:

          Doug, His dishonest depiction of the inauguration is not an impeachable offense. I didn’t say it was. It merely represents an early example of an ongoing deceptive pattern.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            Then once again…find a candidate that can beat him. Look at what the Democrats want to do… eliminate the electoral college, stack the Supreme Court, change the primary rules… everything but finding a candidate that average, middle Americans can support. You really think a platform of open borders, gun confiscation, reperations, Medicare for all, eliminating private insurance, sanctuary cities is a winning strategy? Did you even bother to watch the debates? How do you expect to win? Do I like President Trump? No, not particularly…but so far his policies have been good for the country. No other president has the balls to deal with the China problem …which just about everyone knowledgeable person knows China is a serious issue. I disagreed with most of what President Obama stood for, but I didn’t light my hair on fire every day of his presidency…and there was plenty to criticize.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Doug — The Democrats aren’t going to stack the Supreme Court. History will regard the current Republican Senate Majority Leader as the guy who subverted the norms of good governance when it comes to gaming who gets appointed to the highest court of the land.

            Nor are the Democrats going to try to eliminate the electoral college. That would take an amendment to the Constitution, and that’s never going to happen when two-thirds of the state legislatures would have to ratify it.

            The Democrats will focus on two areas that are dear to Republicans: Voter suppression and gerrymandering. Those are two areas where Democrats stand a chance of prevailing, as both are purely contrary to the principles on which the country is supposed to stand.

            Maybe they’ll try to address the cesspool of campaign finance as well, though it’ll be impossible to budge the current SCOTUS on millionaires and corporations being more entitled to “free speech” (i.e., purchasing influence) than the rest of us.

        • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

          No Doug – TRUMP was the most corrupt (and obviously demented) candidate in the country’s history.

          The Trump Foundation was shut down because of all the illegal activities he engaged in, hundreds of lawsuits are in progress against him because of his corrupt business practices, his close family members admit that he’s up to his eye teeth in debt to Russian investors because no one else would extend him credit after his many bankrupties, he was sued by a former U.S. Justice Department for widespread racist discrimination in his housing projects, he has broken all records for the number of lies told, he wants to just shoot down asylum-seekers (like the brutal dictators he so admires, per my earlier link), he’s a serial sex criminal who admits to sexually abusing countless women, is a voyeur of under-aged girls, and even sexualizes his own daughter.

          He’s also a failure. Entire industries are collapsing (which he promised to save), factories are shutting down right and left (another thing he promised wouldn’t happen if he became president), manufacturing wages are falling for the first time ever, a majority of Americans now recognize that most employment gains took place under Obama (and have actually slowed under Trump), small businesses are suffering and American consumers will be paying higher prices because of his idiotic nationalistic trade wars and immigration policies, he’s been robbing the military to fund his pointless border wall, he’s turned our federal agencies and commissions over to a bunch of God-in-government fanatics, and the country may very well be headed for a recession.

          I wouldn’t count on seeing him in the White House after the next election.

          https://www.politicususa.com/2018/12/18/trump-suffers-massive-defeat-as-ag-forces-foundation-shut-down.html

  7. Avatar Striker says:

    Trump is draining the swamp. 24/7 propaganda from all the Communist/socialist owned news outlets.

  8. Avatar Steve says:

    It IS going to get ugly! If you think you’ve seen the worst of Trump, well … you haven’t seen anything yet. And it won’t be good for the country. Putin is sitting back, hands over his head, laughing.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      It’s quite possible Trump may stroke out, if his performance today was any indication. Listened to some right-wing talk radio today, Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck are talking about everything except Trump’s “perfect” phone call. LOL.

      • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

        Trump is losing it completely. He’s flying into rages in every direction, and threatening civil war if he’s impeached. I just hope he doesn’t do any serious damage or compromise world survival before he’s finally ousted.

        • Avatar Doug Cook says:

          “…or compromise world survival”
          Oh good gawd…a bit dramatic their Patrecia?

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Is it overly dramatic, Doug?

            Trump appears to be so narcissistic that it’s doubtful he cares much about anyone but himself. He shows signs of being dangerously paranoid. He’s tossing around threats of violence. He’s a power-tripper who holds the keys to the largest nuclear arsenal on the planet.

            Is it absolutely inconceivable that he decides to go Budd Dwyer on us and take everyone with him? I don’t think that’s crazy talk in the slightest:

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            Steve, I would rather go by the president’s actions rather than your personal biases. So far in his presidency, he has been more isolationist and militarily reserved than his predecessor and what Hillary would have been like. He has tried to negotiate peace with N Korea, he stopped an attack on Iran. He’s working on pulling out of Afghanistan, he fired Bolton for Hawkish beliefs. (Yes, its true that he never should have appointed him in the first place). So far he has done an good job of bucking the military industrial complex. I would think you would have praised the president for his dovish beliefs.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            I agree that Trump has isolationist instincts. I’m not worried that in a genuine conflict with another country, Commander Shinsplints would be naturally inclined to go to war. I also agree that Hillary might have erred in that direction so as to prove that she’s not soft (as I think she did as Sect. of State).

            I just think Trump shows signs of going bat-shit—he’s increasingly paranoid and delusional and hinting at violent solutions to the problems he faces—and at some point on the road to Crazyland, all bets are off.

  9. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    “Why did Trump delay hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine shortly before he called Zelensky?”

    To me this is the $64,000 question—the answer to which SHOULD (but won’t*) sink Trump if he’s unable to answer it to the Senate’s satisfaction when he faces his impeachment trial. Days before the infamous phone conversation, Trump puts a hold on military aid to Ukraine. He then brings it up in conversation—says that the USA helps Ukraine and that it’s not reciprocated—and then asks President Zelensky for a favor: Dig up dirt on the Bidens.

    Trump says there’s was no quid pro quo involved in all of that. Only liars, mouth-breathers, and most blindly delusional of zealots could look at that sequence of events and claim that there was no attempt by Orange Mussolini to trade promised aid for political intel that would serve his personal interests, as opposed to the USA’s interests.

    And therein lies the difference between Biden and Trump. Biden was willing to withhold $1B in aid to strong-arm Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who wouldn’t address rampant corruption. That was in the service of the USA’s interests—moving Ukraine in the direction of a functioning and stable democracy. Trump couldn’t care less about Ukrainian corruption—he even spoke in support of the corrupt prosecutor. His quid pro quo offer was entirely in his own interest. Efforts by Republicans to make Biden’s and Trump’s threats equivalent is ridiculously off target.

    *We all know that Trump was correct when he claimed, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn’t lose any voters, ok? It’s, like, incredible.” Those blindly loyal voters include Republican US Senators in the event Trump’s brought up on impeachment charges.

    • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

      There is also the fact that Biden was simply joining the leaders of numerous other countries, the European Union, and other national figures in calling for the resignation of a massively corrupt General Prosecutor.

    • Avatar Striker says:

      Russia will take back Ukraine when they lose control of the Ukrainian government.

      Ukraine is a very corrupt place.

      Money and power seekers are really a humanity problem with our basic nature of man.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Steve, so far no rational explanation for withholding military aid from Ukraine, other than it was a direct order from Trump. My working theory is Trump sent crazy Rudy to the Ukraine last year, and Rudy got snookered by corrupt Ukrainians who figured if they helped Trump, they might be able to get their old jobs back. Trump literally calls the guy Biden got fired, who the EU, the IMF and the US all agreed was corrupt as fuck, a “good guy.” Rudy spread this story in right-wing media, and Trump, stuck in a fake news media feedback loop of his own design, made a drastic error. It’s possible the impeachment inquiry might find he’s incapable of performing his duties, either because he’s mentally ill or too damned stupid.

  10. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    Dear God, the contrast up above of Giuliani”s upper row of implants and/or capped teeth, and his lower teeth that look like a cemetary of discolored, lichen-crusted gravestones, crooked and crumbling with time.

  11. Avatar Candace C says:

    I try not to watch Giuliani speak. It’s like watching a Mad Magazine parody only he’s his own parody. I fear his eyes may pop out of his head at one point ( Mad Marge anybody?) and he won’t realize it and I’ll be left watching his eyes roll around on a desk while he becomes more and more apoplectic and I’m left watching a screaming mouth of teeth. Bad combination.

    • Avatar Candace C says:

      And yes, I admit to and realize how pretty that sounds and is. I’m just so very done with Giuliani. As in turn me over and put a fork in me done.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Rudy has had one too many facelifts. That’s why he’s bug-eyed.

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      I agree that Rudy is not helping President Trump. I’m sure he was an excellent lawyer in the 80’s…but now he is over his head. I’m not sure he’s helping the president by being on TV every 15 minutes,

  12. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    The only item about the 2016 election that was proved and confessed to was the DNC aided Clinton by sabotaging Sanders campaign. The head of the DNC was fired over that.
    Now three years of the Democrats throwing Trump’s mud against the wall to see what sticks they think they have something that stuck. I am not confident going by their past record.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Lots of people feel the same way Bruce, he’ll get away with it again. This time is different. He’s run out of excuses, and Team Trump has left a massive evidence trail behind their little Ukrainian scheme. If you’re not familiar with what’s going on in Ukraine, you may not understand the implications of not only Trump’s call with Zelensky, but also Rudy’s 8 months conspiring with known corrupt Ukrainians to fabricate dirt not just on Biden, but the FBI and the CIA. There’s a reason the whistleblower is supposedly a CIA employee stationed in the White House: It’s his or her duty to report on incidents such as this. Trump has fucked with the real Deep State now, and he’s ill-equipped to handle the pressure.

      • Avatar Common Sense says:

        R.V not only is it his duty to report crimes such as Extortion and Treason it’s his Patriotic Spirit that propel’s him to do it! Mistake number One was going Against the Intelligence Community! They Call them the “Intelligence” Community for a reason.

        Mistake number two was thinking he could beat the Intelligence Professionals.

        There is enough info on the Secured Servers to send him to jail for the rest of his life and that is Before we see the rest come out in the next 3-6 months.

        Terms like-Treason/Conspiracy Against the United States of American/Extortion and a few others come to mind! All this talk about Collusion……collusion isn’t even a legal term. He Conspired……he committed TREASON. “Russia if you are listening I hope you find all those missing Hillary emails”…….his statement to the two Russian Diplomats while they were in the White House that is on that Secret Secured Server, ” I had no Problem with you guys interfering for me”.

        He is either a direct Russian Asset……or he has SO much Kompromat against him along with half a billion in loans that he is either directly or indirectly working AGAINST our County on Russia’s Behalf.

        You are Witnessing a Historic Moment in time……we have Nothing to compare this to….the depth or Breadth of these Actions against our Country. All for personal gain and to benefit himself….welcome to the Definition of a Malignant Narcissist!

        I about spit my coffee out when I see people talking about the deep state…..Hillary’s emails….Bengazi…..Biden…….all not Relevant to the TREASON that is taking place…..but I learned long ago……when i thought communication was important……it’s “Comprehension” that is the most important part in a Conversation…….if you can’t get it or you don’t have it…….you talk about Hillary a lot…….you deflect a lot…you change the conversation to what someone else did or said…..stay on the Topic Soldier!

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        John Oliver did a great segment on his last episode (HBO) about the latest Trump travesty, including why this one might finally stick to Teflon Don. Senate Republicans will eventually have to decide if it’s okay for the POTUS to commit a blatant and serious crime—shaking down a foreign government by threatening to withhold military aid in exchange for dirt on a political rival, and then having his staff desperately try to hide that crime. (It’s usually the cover-up that gets them.)

        Trump is screwed—or at least *should* be screwed—because this time his handlers can’t argue that his obvious solicitation of personal benefit in exchange for releasing foreign aid that he’d put on hold days earlier (a.k.a. “extortion”) was just an innocent brain fart during the tossing of one of Trump”s bizarre word salads. He asked the president of Ukraine to dig up dirt on the Bidens *eight times* during the phone call.

        Lastly: Rudy Giuliani’s behavior of late has been so idiotic that it’s tempting to wonder if he’s a bad actor whose intent is to get Trump tarred and feathered. I mean, that’s not what it is—Trump and Giuliani are just two loose cannons who are way out of their element—but Rudy makes it look like he’s intentionally trying to scuttle the ship.

    • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

      Bruce,

      It was proven that there was Russian interference in the election in Trump’s favor. The Mueller Report also didn’t rule out collaboration by Trump and/or his minions, and made a darn good case that Trump tried to obstruct justice on numerous occasions. Apparently Mueller didn’t recommend that criminal charges be brought against Trump simply because he believes that a sitting president can’t be prosecuted.

      • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

        Patrecia, Rudy’s crazy conspiracy theory is that Hillary hired the Ukrainians to interfere in the 2016 election and make it look like the Russians did it. This theory includes the DNC permitting the Ukrainians to hack the DNC server and make it look like the Russians did it. As we learned today, Rudy has been spreading his fabrications to the State Department as well as FOX News for months. Rudy is the OG!

        • Avatar Doug Cook says:

          Why is that so far fetched? We know as a fact that the DNC and the Clinton campaign bought and used the Russian dossier to hurt the Trump campaign. I’m sure there are many theories out there of dirty tricks by the Democrats…like derailing Sanders campaign. The Dept of Justice will get to the bottom of the near coup attempt by those in the deep state and Clinton campaign against the president.

  13. Frank Treadway Frank Treadway says:

    Not to mention how POTUS’ tweets effect the stock market, one report says the stock market lost millions over one of his recent tweets. If I were local Republicans, I’d re-register as NPP so I wouldn’t get on his ‘list’.

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      Somehow Frank, I seem to miss your comments when the stock market sets new records, which it has been doing consistently throughout the president’s term.

      • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

        Stock market rose way more, as a percentage, under Obama. Anyway, the stock market doesn’t have anything to do with the real economy.

  14. Avatar Russell K. Hunt says:

    Trump is the top law enforcement officer in the country. He can ask any questions he wants. This an internal effort of the Democratic Party to get rid of Biden. And they appear successful.

  15. Avatar Viktoria Peterson says:

    Kudos to RV Scheide, who would have been fabulous as my history teacher, instead of the poor excuses for such. And the commentators here on ANC are so thought provoking. You all give me hope that the TRUTH will prevail!

  16. Avatar Common Sense says:

    So why would Chuck Grassley come out and support the Whistleblower over the President you might me asking about now? Well Chuck knows about the Second Whistleblower. The one that knows about the Squashing of the “IRS AUDIT”.

    This person has some inside info into the inner workings and tax documents that have not seen the light of day… “yet”.

    Ever wonder WHY the Big Push to Not let anyone see his taxes?? The Law Suit to stop anyone from seeing his taxes…..yep….you guessed it. There’s a Smoking Gun in that pile of…. paper!

    Check knows this and is distancing himself like many more will be…..he knows the ship is taking on way too much water with no hope of staying a float……Ding….Ding…..Ding…… Every man for himself…there are few Life Boats left!

    Grassley wants to be on the right side of things when the Trumptanic hits the ocean floor….see guys……I told you he will say. Now get out there and vote and remember the way I saw it!

    I Chucky G…..supported the Patriotic Whistle Blowers! I was on the right side of History.

  17. Avatar Common Sense says:

    Openly asking hostile foreign nations to help him…..out in the open. I really would like to hear someone rationally defend that one!

    https://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000016d-94d6-dfb2-afef-f7f7b74f0001

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      Nancy Pelosi gave AOC and her progressive wing a little bit of rope to please them by opening an impeachment inquiry… whatever the hell that means. The likely scenario after few months of worthless hearings is that she will not go for an official impeachment vote. Especially now that Schiff was caught lying. He is the worst front man possible for the Democrats. No impeachment… Rudy gets thrown under the bus…Biden is the one that gets hurt by all this…Sanders drops out because of health reasons and Warren grabs the nomination and loses 47 states…and Common Sense’s head explodes.

      • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

        Doug Cook,

        You haven’t been following the news. The case against Trump is turning out to be overwhelming, and other official insiders are coming forward with information that will put even more nails in Trump’s political coffin.

        And if you’re referring to Schiff’s clearly satirical interpretation of the phone call – he didn’t “lie”. Trump actually did pressure a foreign power he was holding back $4 million in aid for EIGHT TIMES in a single phone call to dig up dirt on his main political opponent.

        All Biden did was to join a whole slew of world leaders and other officials in calling for the resignation of a Ukrainian official who had been proven to be massively corrupt, and who was standing in the way of badly needed reforms in that country.

        On the other hand Trump has been sneaking around mis-using government resources and personnel to blackmail a foreign power into resurrecting a debunked investigation that led nowhere, and which wasn’t even directed at Biden’s son to begin with. Now he’s demanding that China (the object of his nutty trade wars) find evidence of a conflict of interest involving Biden and his relatives based on nothing, while the only real conflict of interest in that country involves Trump and his close family members.

        Your comment above is just wishful thinking on your part. Trump is done.

        • Avatar Tim says:

          Assuming you had an unbiased Senate and assuming all of the allegations are true, what is the high crime again? Is a president not allowed to ask another leader to look into corruption in their country? Is he not allowed to motivate that leader with aid?

          He didn’t ask for the leader to fabricate evidence, right? And, correct me of I’m wrong, but Biden’s son is not running for President. So what is the crime here?

        • Avatar Doug Cook says:

          “Trump is done”. How long have we been hearing that claim for? The problem with the Democrats is they came up with a verdict first, and have been unsuccessfully searching for a crime ever since.

          Schiff lied when he said his office had not spoken to the Ukraine whistleblower prior to that individual filing a complaint against President Trump. Washington Post gave him 5 Pinocchios. Why did he lie? My guess his office had a hand in writing the complaint. Interesting that you missed that news item.

          There is no doubt that if Trump Jr got the same deal as Hunter….you would be howling for Trump’s head. Hunter is a loser, kicked out of the military for drug use…and thanks to daddy got a million dollar gig in an industry he knew nothing about. That doesn’t bother you in the slightest? Of course not…you blame a Little old lady for being intimidated and harassed by leftist thugs.

          • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

            While acting as a senior advisor to the president, Trump’s dipsy daughter was recently given 16 new patents by the Chinese government for such things as voting machines, nursing homes, and sausage casings (as Trump has been engaged in a trade war with China). That’s a REAL conflict of interest. And of course Trump is now demanding that China dig up dirt on Biden and his family members, based on absolutely nothing.

            Ivanka supposedly shut down her clothing line (manufactured in China) because retailers refused to carry it, so she’s now into a bunch of other things in that country that are harder for people to boycott. These competely unethical POS’s really believe they are above the law.

            https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/06/ivanka-trump-gets-initial-approval-from-china-for-16-trademarks.html

          • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

            Doug Cook,

            There have been no end of legitimate reasons to impeach Trump. In fact he should never have been allowed to take office to begin with. If nothing else we were warned even prior to the election by psychiatrists and other mental health professionals from all over the country that Trump is clearly deranged, and too unstable and conscience-less to run the country (see the link below) based on his gazillion demented tweets, other public statements, and public actions. Now he’s obviously going completely off the deep end with his profanity-laced rages, wild conspiracy theories, and totaly insane demands (like his recent order to either shoot down all asylum-seekers or instantly close off the entire two thousand mile U.S./Mexico border). God knows what’s next.

            https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2017/10/report-leading-psychiatrists-warn-trumps-mental-illness-threatens-nation/?fbclid=IwAR0M2VhARUP2KfTzw_p-kX5SvCm-V48liY_2JTzD_k1xQ19joYfMBfFkDGo

          • Avatar Larry Winter says:

            Lol. You get a Pinocchio for misstating how many Pinocchios Schiff got from the Wash. Post. My guess is that your number didn’t come from the Post but from some right wing source where you got your talking point about his office having “a hand in writing the complaint.

            Trump’s IC IG thought it credible. Trump affirmed most of the complaint through his own words in the phone conversation summary.

            But you still defend him and continue the right wing talking points about Biden Jr being the REAL story. I must say, you’re a real Trump trooper.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            Larry…I curse the no edit function of this site. Yes, it was 4 Pinocchio’s…that is the max you can get on WaPo. It is my stubby thumb on this small phone which was the culprit

  18. Avatar Candace C says:

    Trump is re-elected. A self-described “rabid heterosexual male” is vindicated to see some folk’s head’s explode or catch fire. Chest beating is in order because of course that’s what’s important in a democracy. Caring about one another? Pffffft.

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      Candace….I don’t want to see anyone’s head explode, of course…that is why I implore folks like CS to stop with the obsession with Trump. It is not healthy. Jimmy Carter was a horrible president, but I didn’t obsess every day over everything he did or say. I disagreed with most of President Obama’s policies…but I didn’t disrespect him or hang on every word he uttered. As I said in another post, our founding fathers spent a lot of time ensuring the president has limited powers. He is but one of three legs of equal power. Get on with your life and stop obsessing. What had Congress done lately? Immigration? Budgeting? Drug prices? Health Care? Anything other than Trump… Trump… Trump? We have a country to run

      • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

        No one in their right mind would compare Jimmy Carter to the deranged sociopath who is now in the White House.

        • Avatar Doug Cook says:

          That’s true…Carter was much worse. Remember stagflation? gas lines? high unemployment? hostage crisis? Yep…Carter was much worse than Trump. Thanks for pointing that out.

          • Avatar Patrecia Barrett says:

            Doug Cook,

            Everything you just said is either completely false or a major distortion.

            Carter created 9.3 Million jobs (the 4th largest job creation of any president in the country’s history), successfully fought the stagflation caused by Nixon, lowered gas prices, kept Social Security from going bankrupt, created the Department of Education, established diplomatic relations with China, and received the Nobel Peace Prize (among other things).

            His hostage rescue efforts were sabotaged by a sandstorm (remember Trump’s poorly planned series of military attacks early in his presidency that cause the highest rate of civilian casualties in 25 years, and the deaths of some number of U.S. military personnel?).
            Carter actually did negotiate the release of the hostages, but wasn’t given credit for it before he came up for reelection.

            In addition, the differences between Trump and Carter as human beings are vast (and NOT in Trump’s favor).

            https://www.thebalance.com/president-jimmy-carter-s-economic-policies-4586571

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